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v. mod·i·fied, mod·i·fy·ing, mod·i·fies
1. To change in form or character; alter.
2. To make less extreme, severe, or strong: refused to modify her stand on the issue.
3. Grammar To qualify or limit the meaning of. For example, summer modifies day in the phrase a summer day.
4. Linguistics To change (a vowel) by umlaut.
To be or become modified; change.

[Middle English modifien, from Old French modifier, from Latin modificāre, to measure, limit : modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.]

mod′i·fi′a·bil′i·ty n.
mod′i·fi′a·ble adj.
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Adj.1.modifiable - capable of being modified in form or character or strength (especially by making less extreme)modifiable - capable of being modified in form or character or strength (especially by making less extreme); "the rhythm of physiological time is not modifiable except by interference with certain fundamental processes" - Alexis Carrel
unmodifiable - incapable of being modified in form or character or strength (especially by making less extreme); "these variations from custom are illogical, incomprehensible, and unmodifiable"
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Smoking, high blood pressure, high blood lipid levels, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are known as modifiable risk factors.
While smoking remains the largest modifiable risk factor for lung cancer in the UK - accounting for 86% of cases - pollution and secondhand smoke are also linked to its development.
In addition, if you have a strong family history of high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or any of the major modifiable risk factors for stroke, you may also be at higher risk because of this.
"We decided to look at a range of modifiable risk factors and this was one of them," said Dr Stacey.
There are many risk factors for coronary artery disease which are classified into non modifiable and modifiable risk factor however world wide it is mainly driven by modifiable risk factors8.
CED loss has been studied with respect to various modifiable and non modifiable factors.